Daily Verse

"How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from you commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you." Psalm 119:9-11

Why do we try to conform God to our will? Live in His word and know true joy.

"Make me to know your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old."
Psalm 25:4-6

God reveals the truth of our time and all time to us through Scripture.

"The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the tstimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple: the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb."
Psalm 19:7-10

All the laws in all the books in all the libraries of the world are but a footnote to the law of God.

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways ackowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6

To know and understand God comes not through our intellect, but through the wisdom given to us by the grace of God.

"My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart."
Proverbs 3:1-3

Don't measure success by society's standards. Use Christ as your measuring stick.

"The the LORD answered Job our of the whirlwind and said: 'Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding, Who determined its measurements - surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? Or who laid its cornerstond...?'"
Job 38:1, 4-6

When we measure God by our limited standards, we attempt to measure the elephant by weighing one strand of its hair.

"Philip said to him, 'Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.' Jesus said to him, 'Have I been with you so lon, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, Show us the Father?'"
John 14:8-9

Christ is God made flesh. If you want to know God, you must draw closer to Jesus.








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Monday, August 04, 2008

Adoption Day!!! ***Lots of pictures!

We started with a few family pics
E praising the Lord

The kids enjoyed looking out the window at the courthouse with Grandma Hartung, we arrived a little early so that we would be there when they were ready for us.Grandma Pam, Grandpa & Grandma Hartung, and Daddy chatting while waiting for our turn in court.Ada Grace "gichu gichu" GrandpaAda Grace trying to steal center stage back from her didn't work, it was Ethan's day!

Three generations...Grandpa Hartung, Daddy, and Ethan
Handsome little cowboy
Ada Grace sneaking in some Daddy time
This dress is just too adorable, she kept saying, "pretty pretty!"
Ada Grace copying Grandpa Hartung with his leg up on the ledge! Ma wanted to take a picture of us reading the Tyler Tribute in front of the courthouse so she could put it in the paper!
Less than 20 minutes after court started, it was finished and Ethan was finally OURS! After court the Judge allowed us to take some pictures.

This is the WONDERFUL Eric, our lawyer...he did amazing things to help us adopt our son!Looks to me like someone is VERY happy to be officially ours forever!
Ada Grace is looking pretty happy about having Ethan her brother forever as well!
This is Ethans PERFECT cake that Shelisa made for him! THANKS SO MUCH SHELISA! I loved it, it tasted yummy and it was wonderful

The punch bowl....or bucket!
Ethan enjoying some of the turkey and cheese Opening a JOHN DEERE tractor from Daddy and Mommy
Kate and Paige helping his open his PJ's from the Grenz family
Very excited about his Mega Blocks from Uncle Zachie and Aunt Christy...we were soooo happy that Aunt Christy was able to celebrate Ethan's adoption with us!
I had asked for tool sets and tractors TO PLAY WITH when people asked me what he needed. Ethan received this tool set from Gpa & Gma Norgaard, he also received two from Gpa & Gma Hartung and one from his Speech Therapist Christy. Yeah!Ethan and Ada Grace really enjoyed having 2 week old Baby Ben with us...Here E went over to Ben's car seat and said "where baby go?"
Aunt Christy had him!

"Gichu Gichu"
Ethan hanging out on his waiting for Daddy bench
When we got home from court Mommy took his hat away from him but when Papa and Grandma Lila showed up he managed to get Papa's hat away from him.
OUR handsome little guyFor supper we went to GuadalajarasOur lawyer thought this was a great idea... Ada Grace at Guadalajaras

We are so blessed by the two great children that God has blessed us with! Thank you to all of the friends and family that celebrated this occasion with us!